SUSTAINABILITY 

SRC Engineering Services offers a wide range of sustainable design, engineering and construction services to the industrial, civil and transportation infrastructure industry sectors.

 

It is important for all our clients to understand what sustainability means, and how we integrate  sustainability into engineering works and designs.

 

Sustainability Fundamentals

The name sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sub, up). Sustain can mean “maintain”, “support”, or “endure”.[5][6] Since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability as a part of the concept sustainable development, that of the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

 

 

Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability is achieved when projects achieve balance between environmental, social & economic issues.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, �the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment

Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations

Definition of Sustainable Development:

Sustainable development involves the simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity. Companies aiming for sustainability need to perform not against a single, financial bottom line but against the triple bottom line.“

Sustainability Applications

Sustainability is applicable to any infrastructure project when designing a green office building, green infrastructure, industrial facilities, power plants and utility services plants including water & wastewater.

 

Sustainability in Engineering Design

Sustainability affects every aspect of engineering & architectural design including:

            • Civil Infrastructure Design (including concrete wood & steel structures, pavements, tunnels, etc.
            • Transportation Infrastructure Design (including highways, roadways, rail, street car, etc.)
            • Building, Parking Garage Warehouse design
            • Utility Infrastructure Design (including Power Plants, Water/Wastewater Plants, etc.)
            • Mechanical Engineering Design (including HVAC, Boilers, Pipelines, Elevators, Escalators, etc.)
            • Electrical Engineering Design (including transmission, distribution, voltage regulation, etc.)
            • Instrumentation & Control Engineering Design (including Remote Terminal Units, SCADA, etc.)
            • Material Engineering (including Green Chemistry, Structural Strength, Long life cycle, etc.)
            • Architectural Design (including Building Envelope, Building Orientation, Shading, Materials, etc.)
            • Architectural Engineering ( Design of Building Components, including energy efficient envelope
            • Environmental Engineers & Scientists ( Environmental Controls needed to mitigate impacts)

Sustainability Certifications & Document Preparation

Most project proponents desire to follow some well recognized sustainability standards like LEED and BREAM.  Each certification program has their own design criteria along with requirements for documentation and calculations to demonstrate that the sustainability criteria are met.  Usually the sustainability manager assists the projects in submitting or uploading these documents to the certification boards.  After these documents are submitted, the sustainability manager follows the certification process till the end to obtain the final certificate for a project or a building.

Sustainability Assessments & GAP Analysis

Sustainability Assessments are normally done to evaluate existing operations, practices, design, or construction practices. A GAP Analysis report is usually prepared to document the gaps (shortfalls) in achievement of sustainability.  More often than not these reports also provide corrective measures to help clients get back on the right sustainability track, which may require following some recognized comprehensive standards.

Sustainability Audits to Assure Compliance with Standards

Owners/clients or Certification Agencies are the ones that require periodic auditing to verify compliance with a selected sustainability standard according to which a project was built. In many cases audits are focused on one or two sustainability aspects such as Energy, HVAC (ASHRAE level I and II), Water and Indoor Air Quality during construction.  The audit findings usually assist the client in implementing corrective measures to improve sustainability on projects.

Sustainability Performance Reporting for Corporations, Institutions and Large Infrastructure Projects

Many Corporations have a voluntary obligation to report their sustainability performance along with their annual fiscal reporting.  The most common reporting framework used globally is the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Tier 3. Other globally accepted frameworks are also available for use.

SRC Engineering Services can offer all the above comprehensive sustainability services to clients in various industrial, commercial, institutional and government sectors in USA and abroad.  We have completed projects that were LEED, BREAM and GSAS certified in USA and other countries around the globe.